Report: Broncos' HC Vic Fangio Pioneering a New Coaching Approach for the NFL Combine

Chad Jensen

Vic Fangio has decided to shake things up this year as it pertains to scouting the NFL Draft and ensuring the Denver Broncos are acquainted with the 2020 class. 

According to ESPN insider Adam Schefter, Fangio has decided to keep all assistant coaches in Denver for the trip to the NFL Scouting Combine later on this month. Why has Fangio decided to make this decision? 

Broncos coach Vic Fangio, who will attend this year's combine in person, told ESPN he thought the assistant coaches' time would be better spent studying prospects on tape rather than in person.

The Broncos' assistant coaches also will have access to the combine private interviews led by the personnel staff and Fangio in Indianapolis.

Schefter believes Fangio could be a pioneer and that this move could spark a new trend. Traditionally, the head coach will join the GM and scouts for the trip to Indianapolis and he'll bring with him his coordinators and key position coaches. When the team would interview an offensive lineman, in years past, O-Line Coach Mike Munchak, and his assistant Chris Kuper, would be in the room to participate. 

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Not this year, though. It's a curious decision by Fangio and Sean McVay of the L.A. Rams is following suit, thanks to his new defensive coordinator and former Fangio assistant Brandon Staley. The point, as Schefter reports, is that Fangio would rather have his assistant coaches studying film of prospects back in Denver instead of making the trip while saving some dollars. 

Both organizations believed there was better use of their time than to attend the combine en masse, sources told ESPN. Though it did not drive either team's decision, there also is a hefty financial savings for each organization by not having everyone travel to Indianapolis.

It bucks convention, certainly, and I'm not sure it's going to help maximize the likelihood of the Broncos continuing to hit on draft picks. If I'm GM John Elway, the last thing I'd want to do is make any change that would upset the apple cart on draft day. After all, the Broncos have been roundly lauded for their last two NFL Draft hauls.

There's nothing like a coach being there in person to analyze a prospect up close and get a real face-to-face feel for their personality, character and football IQ. I guess the Broncos will be leaving that up to Fangio and the scouts to deduce. 

Meanwhile, the Broncos' assistant coaches will be breaking down tape in an effort to get as acquainted as they possibly can with the 2020 draft class.  The 2020 NFL Scouting Combine kicks off on February 25 and will run through March 2. 

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Comments (19)
Studlee14
Studlee14

"The Broncos' assistant coaches also will have access to the combine private interviews led by the personnel staff and Fangio in Indianapolis."

Does this mean the Assistants would be able to Skype live and participate in the meetings from Denver? Or does that just mean they will have access to a recorded tape of the interviews?

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broncofan55555
broncofan55555

This makes a lot of sense to me. It's called division of labor. We live in an age of technology. Assistants can participate by Skype and Facetime if there is a need to have one of them interview a particular guy. That way the assistants can concentrate on studying tape while other coaches evaluate in person. Who knows? Maybe one of more of the assistants may have requested this. It saves money and enables the coaching staff to cover more ground in evaluation.

smilinassassin
smilinassassin

The way I’ve seen it explained is less people there means less loose lips when the drinks start flowing in the evening. Lots of cap space plus a bunch of picks mean more moves they don’t want people knowing about.

Wyobronco
Wyobronco

I don’t love the idea of making changes to a system that has worked very well in the past couple of drafts. Elway had finally figured it out and now he’s going to change it up?

MarkLewis
MarkLewis

What a bizarre approach. I don't guy the idea that they assistants will be spilling the beans on who we're picking, nor does that matter as much as people think. This has Joe Ellis written all over it. How many players can one guy talk to in person? Not nearly as many as 5 or 6 assistants, for sure. Elway ought to reconsider this if it's his decision.

Bucky Bronco
Bucky Bronco

Smart move by Fangio. The assistants can see talent on video and can evaluate hundreds of players that way instead of a few at the combine, and they will have access to all the stats, measurables and interviews. Whatever they do, they need another excellent draft!


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